Jan 26, 2018

The ping command is a very common method for troubleshooting the accessibility of devices.

Ping uses a series of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Echo messages to determine:

  • Whether a remote host is active or inactive.
  • The round-trip delay in communicating with the host.
  • Packet loss.

The ping command first sends an echo request packet to an address, then waits for a reply. The ping is successful only if:

  • the echo request gets to the destination, and
  • the destination is able to get an echo reply back to the source within a predetermined time called a timeout. 

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